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Caz village resident to run for state Assembly

Spires seeks seat for 121st district

— As area politicians begin to campaign for the upcoming New York State 121st Assembly District election in November, Cazenovia village resident Levi Spires has decided to throw his name into the mix.

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An entrepreneur and internet-marketing professional, Spires hopes to run on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines, and has already received endorsements from both the Madison and Otsego County Republican committees. Spires said he hopes to reduce the tax burden on area businesses and residents by facilitating job growth through adopting a strategy of fiscal prudence, simple government and entrepreneurship.

“The reason why the job market is suffering in this state is because New York makes it difficult to run a business. Not only are taxes high, but regulating and mandates are overwhelming. New York state is a conduit for the federal government right now, and we need to change that,” Spires said. “I’ve decided to get into the arena and stop standing on the sidelines. The reality is, young people have left, and primarily because of the job market. Flexibility and connectivity are the things that will spark the economy in Upstate New York.”

The newly-formed 121st Assembly District covers all of Madison County, much of Otsego County and a portion of Oneida County. Spires will be running against incumbent democrat Assemblyman Bill Magee for the seat. Elections will be held on Nov. 6 across the state.

Spires hopes to ensure politicians in Albany move toward fiscal discipline during this global economic turndown, while simplifying the government by reducing redundant departments, regulations and “seemingly limitless” fees. He believes the government needs to look at being creative in how it operates, in order to curb wasteful spending and increase individual freedoms.

Spires said working professionals who are largely able to work remotely and telecommute would be a perfect fit for Cazenovia and the surrounding areas. He said he believes the quality of life in Madison County far exceeds that of Manhattan, where the incessant commotion and immense concrete buildings can weigh on its residents.

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